Gert-Jan Gruter

Gert-Jan Gruter (1963) has a background in Polymer Chemistry (DSM 1993-2000) and has been Professor of Polymer Catalysis at Eindhoven University of Technology.

In 2000 he transferred to Avantium and in 2004 he was appointed as CTO with as one of his responsiblities own product and process development. This resulted in the YXY technology which includes novel processes to convert carbohydrates to furan-based building blocks such as FuranDiCarboxylic Acid (FDCA) and subsequent 100% bio-based polyesters such as PEF. The application of PEF in bottles, fibers and film has seen most interest.

Gert-Jan is also leading a team to develop a process for the conversion of lignocellulosic biomass to glucose (2nd generation sugars) and on direct selective hydrogenolysis of carbohydrates to ethylene glycol.

Gert-Jan is inventor on more than 100 patent applications and he was elected “European CTO of the year 2014”.